Fighting Blight in Memphis. With Leslie Smith and Austin HarrisonMemphis Metropolis
BAM in the media
Empty lots flank Tyrone London’s grandmother’s home on Dempster Street in South Memphis, and another sits across the street like an unwelcome mat. London stops by regularly to visit his grandmother, who is in hospice care, and can’t miss seeing the potential in the unused properties.
The Blight Authority of Memphis, Inc. is working to address those blights but staff members say the real challenge is trying to identify the severity of the troublesome properties. Inside one abandoned home on Alcy Road, all you can see is the ceiling is caving in, floors covered in debris and the furniture is decorated with cobwebs.
The Blight Authority hears reports that range from structurally unsafe homes with gaping holes that serve as playgrounds for neighborhood children to accounts of bulk pesticides to ward off the rodents and pests that inhabit abandoned properties. . .
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